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Keidron Duckwitz and Joe Stone were crowned as Homecoming Queen and King, respectively, at as Altamont High School held its coronation at the girls basketball game on Monday, Nov.

Each first grader at Altamont Grade School recently received the book, “My Favorite Book,” to have as their own. The first graders would like to thank the following businesses for purchasing this book for them: Irwin Telescopic Seating Company, Peoples Bank and Trust, Carriage House Event Center, C Bert's Body Shop, Altamont Lumber, and Promark Advertising.

The ACHS Band and Director Sara Berg gratefully announce the platinum-level donation of $1000 made by Kurt Becker of General Talk.  Pictured is, from left, Ashley Brown, Elizabeth McCammon, Josh Miller, Kurt Becker, Collin York, Corey Vail, and Tera Hahn.


St. Elmo High School held its annual Homecoming dance on Saturday, Dec. 3. The court included, from left: Kolton Sapp, Avyree Scholes, Tyler Brooks, Jasmine Barr, Nathaniel Philpot, Marlee Nolen, Luke Behl, Sydney Karnes, Dalton Denton, Sydney Price, Bo Sapp, Abigail Durbin, Landon Feezel, Kearstin Scoles, Braden Roedl, and Tessa Philpot.


Brownstown High School held its annual Homecoming dance on Saturday, Dec. 3. The court included, front row, from left: freshman Holly Struble, sophomore Hailey Rush, junior Brittany Sidwell, and senior queen candidates Mannie Grames, Elissa Baron, and Brandi Howard; back row: freshman Andy Goldsborough, sophomore Bradley Schwarm, junior Dalton Lawson, and senior king candidates Jeffrey Kelly, Lane Chandler, and Dawson Barker.



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Two Altamont hoopsters place in Elks Hoop Shoot Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 January 2017 14:13

Altamont basketball players Brennyn Abendroth and Nelson both took third place in their respective age divisions at the Elks’ Hoop Shoot free throw contest held at Effingham High School on Saturday, Dec. 10.

There were 74 participants from the area schools, 35 boys and 39 girls.

Trophies were awarded to the first, second, and third place winners in each age category:

Ages 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13.

All of the participants received Elks National Frisbee and Dairy Queen ice cream coupons.

The six champions will advanced to the East Central District Hoop Shoot Contest held at Pana High School on Sunday, Jan. 8.

Mills appointed to St. Elmo City Board Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 January 2017 14:12

Filling the vacant seat in ward III left by the ending of Charles Bosomworth's term in 2015, Rick Mills was appointed to the city board by a vote taken at the St. Elmo City Board meeting on Jan. 4.

Mills is the sole candidate for the position in the upcoming spring election; therefore, the city aldermen felt it appropriate to appoint him now. He will finish the unexpired term to end in 2019.

The rest of the meeting agenda was light. Chairman of Public Works Sandra Mace provided an estimate on the supply and installation of forks for a backhoe at a cost of $1950 from CD Feller. It was approved.

Chairman of Public Safety Allen Nevergall announced the resignation of police officer Raymond Hamilton, who resigned effective Jan. 1, 2017. The board voted to approve the resignation.

Myers files for re-election Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 19 December 2016 11:53

Though he often said that he didn’t think he would run for another term, in a recent interview, Mayor Ernie Myers stated that he felt that too many projects had been left undone to walk away.

“I hate to not see some of those through. It’s like changing horses in the middle of the stream,” the 80-year-old mayor explained.

He said that he feels great and, after a conversation with his wife, has her full support in the race.

Future plans include the development of the I-70 TIF, residential development at Lake Nellie, and increasing the capacity of the city lagoon.

Myers was unsure who else had completed the petition to enter the St. Elmo mayoral race.

City approves fiscal year 2017 tax levy Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 19 December 2016 11:54

The Altamont City Council met in regular session on Monday, Dec. 12.

The council approved the tax levy for fiscal year 2017. The increase was 4.48 percent, less than the requirement for a Truth in Taxation hearing.

An amendment to the fiscal year 2017 appropriation was also made.

Two ordinances abating the water and electric bonds from the 2016 tax levy were approved as was an amendment to the contract for private development pursuant to the Irwin Seating redevelopment plan.

Properties at 9 S. Main and 13 S. Main were rezoned from B-2 to SR-2.

An ordinance allowing special use for a 30-unit senior residence at 406 and 506 E. Cumberland Road was approved.

Police Chief Alan Heiens presented the idea of relocating the police station to the current city incubator program building and the bid for sales of the city’s 1997 GMC Suburban and 1993 Ford F150 were approved.

Poe marks half-century of service to Altamont Grade School Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 10:03

e past 49 Augusts, Sue Poe began a new school year at the Altamont Grade School. Now the unit librarian, Poe, who recently turned 70, began her 50th year with the only district for which she has worked.

The daughter of a school janitor in Effingham, Poe recalled that she became interested in a career in education in sixth grade.

After enrolling at Eastern Illinois University, she graduate with her elementary education degree in three years.

In March of her final year, at the ripe age of 20, she received a job offer from the Altamont Grade School to teach third grade. She accepted and remained in the position for 36 years.

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